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CALIENT Launches Optical Circuit Switching Subsystems for Integration into OEM Data Center, Service Provider and Media Networking Systems

CALIENT Technologies, Inc., the global leader for Optical Circuit Switching technology, today announced two new optical circuit switch subsystems that allow data center, telecom or media networking vendors to integrate optical circuit switching into their routing and switching systems.

The new subsystems are based on CALIENT’s proven 320-port S320 Optical Circuit Switch that uses the company’s patented 3D MEMS optical switching technology. The subsystems will give cloud data centers, enterprises and service providers the ability to buy the technology tightly integrated with packet switching and optical transport systems from a single vendor.

Data centers and service providers use optical circuit switches in their networks to provide very low latency, high-speed overlay transport networks for persistent traffic flows.

In data centers, for example, optical circuit switching offloads persistent flows such as data backups, virtual machine migrations and Hadoop cluster traffic from packet switches to pure physical-layer optical connections for better performance and lower cost. In carrier networks, optical switches are an integral part of colorless, directionless, contentionless (CDC) remote optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) network solutions.

CALIENT has several successful deployments of the S320 into cloud datacenter and service provider networks where its small size, ultra-low 45W power consumption, and unlimited scalability are enabling new breakthroughs in reducing network costs and improving efficiency.

The new subsystems include the MSM-320, a 320x320-port pure optical switch with complete protocol independence and bandwidth scalability to 400 Gbit/s and beyond. This low-power module includes the 3D MEMS switching core, mirror driver circuitry and a redundant Linux-based control processor. The control processor manages all system functions including switching and real-time insertion loss optimization.

The second OEM subsystem announced today is the OMM-320, a 320-port optical power-monitoring module that uses scanning mirror technology to monitor power levels on up to 320 optical fibers. The OMM provides feedback to the MSM control processor to dynamically adjust mirrors on all 320 connections to minimize optical insertion loss. Alternatively, the OMM-320 can be deployed in other optical networking applications where low-cost, high-port-count power measurements are required.

The subsystems can be easily integrated with element and network management solutions from OEM vendors via standard APIs including TL1 and SNMP. An OpenFlow API is also available for software-defined networking (SDN) applications. The subsystems can be used separately or together as a complete optical circuit-switching platform.

For more information on the MSM-320 or OMM-320 please visit the OEM subsystems page on CALIENT’s website.

“We’re experiencing breakthrough demand for our optical circuit switching systems because they allow data center operators and service providers to dramatically lower network costs while adding considerable flexibility,” said CALIENT’s Chairman and CEO, Atiq Raza. “The new OEM subsystems will make that capability more widely and conveniently available for customers through large system vendors and will help CALIENT to expand the market for this solution.”

Availability

Both the MSM-320 and OMM-320 are available now. For more information contact [email protected].

About CALIENT Technologies

CALIENT Technologies is the global leader in pure photonic Optical Circuit Switching with systems that enable dynamic optical layer optimization in next generation datacenters, software defined networks, and media production facilities worldwide. CALIENT’s 3D MEMS switches provide optical path switching at up to seven-times lower cost than conventional packet-based solutions. The company designs and builds its systems using its own state-of-the-art MEMS Fab facility located at its corporate headquarters in Santa Barbara, California. For more information, visit CALIENT at http://www.calient.net, on Twitter and LinkedIn, or contact us at: [email protected].

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